Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A Noble Groom Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund!

Michigan, 1880
Annalisa Werner's hope for a fairy tale love is over. Her husband failed her in every way and now his death has left her with few options to save the family farm. She needs a plentiful harvest. That, and a husband to help bring it in. Someone strong, dependable. That'll be enough. A marriage for love...that's something she's given up on.

So her father sends a letter to his brother in the Old Country, asking him to find Annalisa a groom.

Then a man appears: Carl Richards, from their home country of Germany and a former schoolteacher---or so he says. He's looking for work and will serve on the farm until her husband arrives.

With time running out, she accepts his help, but there's more to this man than he's admitting. He's also gentle, kind, charming---unlike any man she's ever known. But even as Carl is shining light into the darkness of her heart, she knows her true groom may arrive any day.

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Meet Jody:
 Jody Hedlund is the bestselling author of "The Doctor's Lady" and "The Preacher's Bride". She won the 2011 Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, the 2011 Award of Excellence from the Colorado Romance Writers and was a finalist for Best Debut Novel in the 2011 ACFW Carol Awards. Currently she makes her home in central Michigan, with her husband and five busy children. She loves hearing from readers on Facebook and on her blog.
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Annalisa has dreams, like every girl. She longs for a "fairy tale" marriage and love. Being a dutiful daughter, she married the man her father approved of. It was not what she wanted, but she has survived. Her husband has recently died though, and Annalisa hopes she can see a way out. Her father writes back to Germany to find a family member for her to marry, but instead a stranger comes. Just to help out. His name is Carl, and he's clearly not a farmer. However, Annalisa and Carl begin to work together and grow together. Just as Annalisa begins to think her dreams may be coming true, they all discover that Carl may have a secret. Annalisa must work to keep her farm and her dreams alive.

I found this book to be rather interesting. I liked the study of the pull between tradition and family and Annalisa's wants and needs. She really wanted a love story for herself, but she was willing to pass on this to please her family. She only begins to see that she can have happiness when it is basically thrown at her in the form of Carl. I also enjoyed watching Carl's transformation from spoiled nobleman to hard-working farmer. I think that Carl at the beginning of the books would have had a hard time doing the things that Carl at the end of the book did. I was kind of disappointed that the mystery of Annalisa's husband's death was wrapped up so neatly. I think there was an interesting dynamic there with consequences that would have been interesting to explore.

Annalisa had almost "modern" views on love, but I enjoyed that. It wouldn't have been near as interesting to read about otherwise. I didn't really get Annalisa's father's beef with Carl. That was all solved in the end though, so that was good. Overall I found this to be a fast read. I also really enjoyed all the real historical touches that were in this book. That helps to make the story more real and teaches me a bit about things that I didn't know about. Readers interested in a sweet love story with some real history behind it will find this book entertaining.

Book provided for review.

Jody Hedlund is celebrating the release of A Noble Groom by giving away a Kindle Fire and hosting a Facebook Author Chat Party {5/8}! 

One "noble" winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • A copy of A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 7th. Winner will be announced at the "A Noble Groom" Author Chat Party on May 8th. Connect with Jody, get a sneak peek of her next book, try your hand at the trivia contest, and chat with readers just like you. There will also be many fun giveaways -- gift certificates, books, and more!

So grab your copy of A Noble Groom and join Jody on the evening of May 8th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun, RSVP today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 8th!

Be sure to check out all the stops on the tour. Thanks for stopping by!

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